Laurene Powell Jobs – No Longer in the Shadows

For many years during their marriage that began in 1991, Laurene Powell Jobs stood by her often controversial husband, Steve Jobs, as he pioneered Apple Inc. to becoming one of the most powerful companies in the world. After his death in 2011, there was much speculation as to what Mrs. Jobs would do with her time and wealth. The wait is over and it’s clear that she intends to become a force in both politics and through philanthropy.

The Early Years
According to Wikipedia, Mrs. Jobs was born (November 6, 1963) and raised in New Jersey. She is a well-educated woman in her own right having received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a subsequent Masters from Stanford Graduate School of Business. After graduation she worked at Merrill Lynch Asset Management and Goldman Sachs in the trading industry.

One of Mrs. Jobs primary philanthropic focuses during her marriage was to eduction. In 1997, she co-founded the charitable organization named “College Track”. College Track’s charter called for the strengthening of academics for high school seniors and college students throughout the central and northern California areas. Much of the effort was put on helping minorities receive ample opportunities for advanced education. After a successful start, the program was extended into Southern California and parts of Louisiana and Colorado. Eventually, she started another organization called “Emerson Collective”. This organization took on a more political stance on many of the same issues as College Track, but put more emphasis on developing social justice and equality in education for immigrants and alien immigrants. It also offered entrepreneurial support for minorities.

Political Endeavors
When President Barack Obama penned the “Dream Act” in 2012, Mrs. Jobs became one of the new law’s top advocates. As part of that focus, she funded and supported the making of a documentary entitled “The Dream Is Now.” With her escalating interest is politics, she began strengthening her affiliation with certain members within the democratic party, supporting those candidates who stand on a social reform platform. She has more recently been a very vocal force in helping President Obama advocate for his new directives regarding immigration reform. In the past, she expressed her support for the Affordable Care Act, another social equality policy implemented by the Obama administration. Currently, she has made a move to the forefront of a “Super Pac” that has been formed in support of a Presidential run by Hilary Clinton in 2016. All of this has peaked the interest of many in the political arena who are wondering what her aspirations in politics might be.

It’s is clear that Laurene Powell Jobs is not going to sit quietly as one of the wealthiest individuals in the world. She has shown that she intends to use the force behind her $11.0+ billion estate as a means for actively supporting causes that she believes in. After years of living in the shadows, she has stepped out and intends to make her own mark on society.

New CEO at Gap Looks Ahead to Changes

There will be a new face at the head of Gap, America’s super store of suburban retail, and that is Art Peck. Peck is a 55 year old digital chief from within the company who will act as CEO starting February 1, 2015. Gap, Inc. is the leader of your favorite retail specialty stores, and the line includes Baby Gap, Gap Kids, Banana Republic and Old Navy.

Around the world there are 3,600 of the Gap stores, which allow the corporation to net $16 billion in sales annually.  It will be Peck’s responsibility to bring the Gap line into the 21st century, and he is extremely optimistic.

My friend Darius Fisher is such an advocate for Gap, Inc. that he has a vision their clothes could be worn for a lifetime. He say that if you’re wearing Banana Republic to work and the entire family’s clothes are Old Navy and Gap, you could wear their brand forever.

Even though the malls are declining and the fashion styles are steering away from jeans, Peck views this as an opportune time for change and growth. With a digital background, Peck recognizes that there are challenges ahead, but he also envisions using the technology of today, such as iPhones and ecommerce as major marketing tools.

Wimbledon Sets Strict Dress Code

Wimbledon is known for introducing new fashions to the court, as the players wear different kind of clothing to reveal a bit of their own fashion.

This could be placed in jeopardy, however, as a strict dress code has now been placed on players as well as spectators.

The dress code for spectators has been relaxed, however, from suit jacket and tie or dress to open neck t-shirts, jeans and shorts. There are still restrictions regarding such particulars as neatness of the clothes: in the case of jeans, torn ones are not allowed.

The limitations on dress code is very strict, and this year they will be checked. The reason for such an approach is to avoid bold logos printed on the dresses worn by players.

These limitations bring challenges to fashion designers, as there will be very few options to show their creativity. The tennis outfits have to be in all white, and it will be a challenge to designers to make an all-white tennis ensemble eye-catching as well as practical for playing tennis. It will be interesting to see videos of the all-white uniforms, as Jared Haftel has told me it’s never been that way.

And for men, all those eye catching colours and patterns on t-shirts will be replaced with clean slated white ones, which will be a challenge as most of them wear dark coloured t-shirts.


Yorkville Endoscopy Found to be in Violation of Federal Safety Requirements Following Investigation after Joan Rivers’ Death

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services completed a review of Yorkville Endoscopy following the death of comedian Joan Rivers. The investigation found that the facility failed to meet federal safety requirements and were in violation of several protocols at the time of Rivers’ death.

Joan River’s entered the facility on August 28th for exploratory surgery. Rivers’ experienced complications during the procedure and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital. She was placed in a medially induced coma. It was reported that Rivers’ suffered a cardiac arrest during the surgery. On August 30th she was placed on life support. She died on September 4th.

The report found that Yorkville Endoscopy failed to properly monitor Rivers’ vitals during the surgery. The facility also failed to write down the amount of Propofol the comedian received during the surgery.  Finally, the facility failed to get Rivers’ written consent for procedures beyond the exploratory element of the surgery.

At this time, Yorkville Endoscopy has until January to prove that they’ve corrected the issues associated with Rivers’ death, or they will lose federal funding. Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, has long suggested that the facility caused her mother’s death through negligence.

Joan Rivers was 81 at the time of her death. She rose to fame in the 1970s. She is often considered a trailblazer by her peers such as Terry Richardson, and has long been viewed as the inspiration for many modern-day female comics.

Alexander Wang for H&M

H&M continues its well thought out and successful designer collaboration collection with Alexander Wang this fall. This is one of the most anticipated collections in recent years thanks to Wang’s burgeoning talent as a sportswear designer. The collection is a perfect mix of high and low street style fashion. It aims to combine athletic sportswear with daily life thanks to its leggings, tank tops and tight tennis dresses in Lycra blends. The majority of the collection is black on grey with Alexander Wang etched across some pieces.

The collection was announced back in April, and it debuts early this month. People are sure to line up hours before stores open to get their hands on this collection (I’m sure you’ll be there Lee haha). The look is inspired by boxers with actual fighting gloves, skinny pants, and sport bra tops. This particular style was seen all over the runway. Therefore, it is mo surprise that fashion lovers all over the world will be flocking to the opening day of the collection.

What Size is That?

The sizing of women’s fashions have changed incredibly over the last 100 years. However, it was not until the 1940’s when standardized sizing started to become the norm. Yet, if you were to compare a modern size 8 with one from thirty years ago, then you would be amazed at the difference.

As the average woman gets larger, vanity sizing has become commonplace with ready to wear brands.

One of the easiest ways to do that is to attach a smaller size to a larger cut garment. This was practiced by Cornelsen’s companies for decades before more recently going mainstream. The end result means that people think they are wearing a smaller size when it could be even bigger than what they wore in the past.

Vanity sizing is a big concern, and it will only continue to get worse unless regulations are put into place. There has been some attempt to keep things in place.

The ASTM established its first sizing table in 1995. However, the range in the sizes over the years continues to evolve and change.

What Is the New Paper Makeup?

Makeup has been in the news a lot lately. Women who wear a lot of makeup are being criticized for their choice to cake it on. It’s becoming more fashionable to go natural with makeup and either make it look like you don’t have any on at all or really don’t wear any at all. That’s what I’ve seen Marnie Bennett doing and she looks great.

This is hard for women of a certain age. At the same time that there are pressures to look natural, women like Renee Zellweger are being criticized for looking too old. Then there are women who get plastic surgery, and they are being criticized for their choices in augmenting their face. Well, here’s a new item for society to criticize. It’s called paper makeup. It’s another wonderful way to weird you out in the makeup department. And yes, it’s just what it sounds like. It’s makeup made out of paper. You can get them online from the company, Mai Couture. They are colored as foundations, blushes and highlighters. The sheets cost anywhere from $15 to $70, and they come in booklets.

To use the sheets of makeup, you simply tear a sheet out of the book, gently rub the side with the color onto your skin in the desired area and repeat if you want more color.

New App Scans Body To Create a Perfect Fit Shirt

Ever wish you could get that perfectly fitted feel without going to a tailor? Now it can as easy as whipping’ out your phone and downloading an app! MTailor, with the use of an iPhone camera, determines your body measurements for you and you can go from there. The directions on the app instruct you to choose the fabric, collar, and cuff that you would like to start. Next, you measure yourself with the use of your iPhone or iPad. Finally, with those two easy steps, you should receive your shirt in the mail, simple as that!

The shirts start at around $64, the same price you would pay picking an un-customized shirt off the rack at J. Crew or Banana Republic. One awesome benefit about using this app it that is saves a lot of time and headaches at the mall. You are able to quickly and efficiently order shorts at your leisure, and the app saves your measurements so you don’t have to retake them every time you wish to order more. It saves travel time and you never have to face the disappointment of finding a shirt you love but just don’t look quite right when you try it on.

They would just use your original body measurements but change up the formula. MTailor is also looking to make the app available on FreedomPop and other Android devices as soon as possible. This app has a bright future in a world where everyone is constantly praising, dissing, or demanding recognition for all kinds of body types, as it’s sure to make anyone look their best no matter what size they are.

Oscar de la Renta Dead at 82

The iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away October 20 at his home in Connecticut after an eight-year battle with cancer. He was 82 and is survived by his wife of 25 years, Annette, a son, and three stepchildren.

Oscar de la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic in 1932 but left home at age 18 to study in Spain with Sam Tabar.  On October 13 of this year, he announced that Peter Copping, a British fashion designer, would succeed him as creative director of Oscar de la Renta.

Every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy has worn Oscar de la Renta, and his designs were especially popular with first ladies Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush.

Israel Offers An Unexpected, But Brilliant Photo Opportunity

Photographers are always looking for new locations to shoot. Having so much of the world already explored, there is a lot of competition for new places to shoot. Which is why Kinetis is making a huge name for itself on the photographer scene.

They are a non-profit that has been offering free trips to major photographers like Terry Richardson and Mike Kelley, that are looking for something different to shoot.

Everybody is so caught up with the cultural, and the religious significance of Israel, that they don’t see the beautiful modern city that Jerusalem has become either. There are some absolutely brilliant vistas, and architecture at work here. Providing unique view of the world that most people just don’t get to see.